Conifers (trees that reproduce by means of cones) are a diverse group, including the giants of the forest – kauri and kahikatea – as well as the shrub-like pygmy pine. Taken at Maple Glen Southland NZ
Bob and Muriel bought the property (then a 200 acre dairy farm) in 1966. Initially there was very little garden and the first priority was reducing the size of the mortgages they were lumbered with. However Muriel had a keen interest in plants and the temptation of ‘movable fences’ was frequently too great to withstand. They could only afford one spade in the early years and it was a running joke that its handle was kept constantly warm between digging fence post holes on the farm and gardening. Development of the garden accelerated in the early 1970s with the sale of the dairy herd (to be replaced by a flock of coopworth sheep) and the creation of the nursery. The latter proving that the hobby could generate money as well as consume it! The name Maple Glen came about when we had to officially register a nursery. At the time there were over 30 varieties of Japanese Maples on the property and the garden was being developed in a curving valley with a water source in the bottom. Such a landform is called a Glen in Bobs native Ireland. The garden continues to be developed and extended.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 15th 2011
Rural Southland NZ
A Tiny Piece Of 25 Acres